Dear YHS Parents,
Here is some information for you about things that are going on at Yarmouth High School this week and next.
1. Today, during 3rd period, the whole school gathered for the Poetry Out Loud competition. All students memorized and recited a poem in their English classes and from each class, a top poetry reader was determined. Then, eight finalists (two per grade) were chosen for the school-wide competition. Congratulations to Ella Werner who won the competition, 1st runner up Amanda Dettmann, 2nd runner up Isabelle Murray, and Sam Potter, Jacob Sperber, Sage Watterson, Grace Fortin, and Meredith Coolidge, the other finalists. During today's competition, each student read two poems and were judged on physical presence, voice & articulation, dramatic appropriateness, level of complexity, and evidence of understanding.
2. Tomorrow (Friday, January 16th) is "Wear Purple Day" for the staff and students at YHS. Each year, a group of sophomores are part of the "Be the Change" team that promotes a school community free of meanness, rumors, harmful cliques, bullying, and harassment. The team's name comes from the Mahatma Gandhi inspired quote, "be the change you wish to see in the world." The students have distributed posters and magnets with three questions we ask students to consider before saying something. Is it true? Is it kind? Is it helpful? If the answer to the any of these questions is "no" then the team asks their fellow students to pause and not do it.
3. On Friday, January 23, 2015, the Yarmouth Basketball will hold its annual fundraiser for the Tim White Memorial Scholarship Fund. Tim was a dedicated and fearless community leader who, as President of the Yarmouth Basketball Boosters, was a driving force in the planning and construction of the Yarmouth High School outdoor basketball courts. Basketball players across Cumberland County have spent countless hours honing their skills on these courts. Yarmouth was fortunate to have worked and played with such a remarkably compassionate and generous gentleman. Tim lost his battle with ALS in December of 2010. Tim White Night is our way of honoring Tim and raising money for scholarships awarded to one graduating senior boy and girl from the basketball teams. We will have a girls game at 5:30 and a boys game at 7:00, both against Freeport High School.
4. Our second quarter also ends next Friday, January 23rd. Hopefully, your son or daughter is on top of school work, but thought it would be a good time to remind you of the end of the quarter. It is also the end of the first semester, so students enrolled in semester classes will finish those next Friday.
5. You will receive a letter in the mail from me very soon about the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey that we will be administering on Wednesday, February 4th during an extended advisor time. I have attached the letter to this email as well. You might wonder why we sent this via US Mail as well as through the email communication. This is a requirement that the Maine Department of Education has in order for us to participate as a school in the survey.
Please be in touch if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.
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